Recently after reviewing last year’s list of 10 things I’d hoped to accomplish, I must admit I felt a bit defeated. What had I accomplished? Well, if I look closely at those pie-in-the-sky dreams of mine, very little. You might think so, too. Let’s examine that list, shall we?
(From August 30, 2009)
10. Sew a bunch of aprons and hobo bags in vintagey fabrics
September ’10 update: Hahaha–Sewing machine and fabric completely inaccessible due to being packed away for renovation. Result? Many t-shirts ruined due to cooking-related disasters.
9. Take new pictures of jewelry for Etsy and my website
September ’10 update: Yeah, right. Need to make jewelry to photograph it.
8. Lose 20 pounds…again (yarn diet does not count)
September ’10 update: I can’t even begin to address this one.
7. Work out at least 4x per week
September ’10 update: This one either. And by the way, purging, packing, and moving at least 50 boxes of crapola (2 or 3 times, mind you) does not count as I didn’t see the scale change a bit despite that extra exercise. Painting doesn’t count either.
6. Meditate daily (but not while working out)
September ’10 update: Did manage this for 15 minutes most evenings before bedtime. Might have done more, but passed out after 15 minutes nearly every time.
5. Plan and start mini renovation on this old house
September ’10 update: Okay–this one, success! But I think I might have been insane considering it to be a “mini renovation.” It really ended up being the whole thing and then some. Not to mention it really dominated every second of my life once it was started. And even though we still have to paint the outside and work on our landscaping, I’m happy.
4. Open new TalismanKnits shop on Etsy to sell knitterly jewelry and stitch markers
September ’10 update: Still working on this and planning on adding hand-dyed yarn. Working on name and logo–will probably be called Twist and Shout Studio. By the way, if you have any other thoughts regarding name ideas, I would love to hear it! You all are a clever bunch.
3. Finish 1 knitting project per month (2 if small) (utilizing stash only)
September ’10 update: I did finish 11 projects this past year, so I did okay on that count. Unfortunately, I frogged 2 of them, so I guess I only did 9. And I did—once—break my “stash only” rule by buying yarn for the Bug’s February Lady sweater—I let her pick it out.
2. Blog at least 2x per week
September ’10 update: Okay, started out pretty well on accomplishing that one. However, this being the year of the Swine Flu and The Cough That Wouldn’t Quit, I fell down a bit there. The computer crashing twice screwed me up, too.
1. Finish novel and send out queries
September ’10 update: This one breaks my heart. Lost my most recent chapters due to those computer crashes ((Big sucking sound here)) and found it nearly impossible to continue due to extreme grieving. On the up side, I learned about external hard drives.
Well, needless to say, I over-reached last year, and for those of you who know me well, not a surprise since my arms are long and I do it all the time.
But recently after pouring my heart to a dear, and I might add, extremely wise BFF, she took a long drink of her latte and recommended that perhaps I should consider cutting my list in half. Why didn’t I think of that?
So to that end, my new and improved list of resolutions for the upcoming year are:
5. Workout 4x/week
4. Restock my Talisman Rocks Etsy Shop
3. Open my Twist and Shout Etsy Shop
2. Blog 2x or more per week (provided I have something worth saying…LOL)
1. Get that novel finished!
Of course the knitting, sewing, and dieting will be ongoing, and occasionally all resolutions may be overshadowed by a pressing and unavoidable project (such as taxes or house-painting). But I am certainly not the kind of person who believes resolutions (or promises, for that matter) are made to be broken.
Wish me luck.
p.s. For those of you who asked, Little Miss Lucy is just a darling bundle of energy. Here’s a little video to remind you of what having a kitten is like. I must say that it’s been 19 years since we had anything resembling a kitten around here. Eye-opening, let me tell you! She’s the busiest kitty I ever had the pleasure of inviting into our household. Nothing earth-shattering to watch, it’s just we are amazed at how much she likes to play, even with herself! Have a chuckle!
p.p.s. Sorry for all the italics! Just feeling emphatic, I guess. 😉